News from the Mesa County Libraries 970West Studio
March 2021
The 970West Studio is now open for reservations - request your reservation today!
The 970West Studio is now open for reservations.

Here are some of the ways we’re working to keep you safe: 

  • Only the Control Room is available for reservations at this time. This is to ensure adequate sanitation of gear and facilities.
  • The 970West Studio is allowing only one reservation per day.
  • There is a 4-person limit for all reservations. 
  • Masks are required per the state mandate except while recording vocals or on camera.
  • Technical assistance from studio staff is limited. This is to maintain six feet between people, per social distancing guidelines.
Studio hours of operation
The 970West Studio is open by appointment only during the following hours:
  • Monday – Thursday: Noon-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Studio users must meet the following requirements to make a reservation:
  • Attend a studio orientation.
  • We are currently offering orientations online. Visit the virtual 970West Studio Orientation page.
  • Be a resident of Mesa County.
  • Have a Mesa County Libraries account in good standing (owe less than $10 in charges).
  • Library account information must be current.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

For more information about studio reservations call 970-243-4442 or email
Enjoy crafting a Take and Make from
970West Artist in Residence Rebecca Woods
970West Artist in Residence Rebecca Woods is offering a fun and fascinating Take and Make for grown-ups: Make a shadow box!

Transform plain paper into beautiful three-dimensional scenery that effortlessly explodes with life with the simple addition of light.

Here's how you can take part in this exciting Take and Make, including insight from Woods.

  • Pick up a kit ahead of time – Take and Makes will be available at all locations beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, while supplies last.
  • Watch the video tutorial on our YouTube channel at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 24.
  • Join Woods via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. March 24 after the video premiere to create your shadow box and tunnel books with guidance from the artist!
Get a leg up on using a tripod properly
They might seem self-explanatory enough, but tripods are more than just tools to reduce camera movement. Tripods also help to keep your equipment safe from fall damage, if used properly.

Learn the Ten Guidelines for Using a Tripod from for helpful advice to keep your tripod, and more importantly your camera, safe.

Do you shoot video? Check out the video 13 Tripod Tips Everyone Needs to Know from, which covers some useful tips on how to get the most from your video tripod.
Check out these Logic Pro X tips and tricks from the 970West Instagram page
When you record music in the 970West Studio, you'll have access to a digital audio workstation that runs Logic Pro X, versatile sound-editing software that gives you infinite ways to manipulate your sound. This article gives you some tips on how to get the most from Logic Pro X.

As is the case with most digital audio workstations, there are multiple ways to achieve particular sounds and beats. We at the 970West Studio want to bring you all of the nifty tips and tricks that you can add to your workflow so that your sounds are both unique and easy to use.

Check out Sampling Real-World Objects to learn how to sample those cool-sounding objects to build your own custom beat in Logic Pro X!

Are you looking for ways to drive your music with distinctive thumps and booms? Check out Design a drum machine using just a loop.
Follow @970west_studio on Instagram for weekly posts about all things 970West Studio. We share production tips and tricks, local band highlights, video releases, and more.

Go out and make something!
New episode of The Audissey podcast covers comic books and Brainfuse HelpNow
Two special guests join us on this episode of The Audissey, a podcast produced by Mesa County Libraries.

Rachel, library page and shelver extraordinaire, is an avid reader AND creator of graphic novels! Rachel says there is a graphic novel for everyone.

Cydney, head of Youth Services, shares the amazing new eResource, Brainfuse HelpNow. Brainfuse is a versatile online service designed to support every step of school and job preparation. Live tutors, writing labs, language help, chess assistance, and so much more is available through Brainfuse HelpNow. Visit to get started using this amazing resource! There's no charge, and all you need is your library card!

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